Authors: By BETSY BLANEY
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- A coin toss on Friday will decide the outcome of a West Texas city council election in which the candidates received the same number of votes.
Candidates Bruce MacNair and Bryan Studer agreed to the coin flip because they didn't want the city of Wolfforth to pay $10,000 for a run-off election after they both received 118 votes in last weekend's election.
"The term gentlemen comes to mind," Wolfforth city manager Darrell Newsome said of the candidates' decision. "It's the gentlemanly thing to do, and they're acting in a gentlemanly fashion."
The city attorney drew up a three-page contract outlining rules of the coin toss based on state election procedures for municipalities.
Texas election law provides three options in the event of a tie: a runoff election, one candidate conceding or some form of casting lots.
The candidates, who've never held public office, will draw for who gets heads and who gets tails in the 2:30 p.m. CDT coin toss. MacNair's name comes first alphabetically, so he will draw first.
Newsome will use a 1974 Eisenhower silver dollar to decide the election.
Wolfforth, a bedroom community near Lubbock, has about 3,700 residents.